White Hex: “Holiday”
Originally hailing from Brisbane, Australia, guitarist Jimi Kritzler made some interweb rounds last year with his outfit Slug Guts after releasing the LP Howlin’ Gang via Brooklyn’s Sacred Bones. Since then, Jimi has formed the duo White Hex together with Tara Green, before both relocated to Berlin for an indefinite time. With their crisp and ice-cold, post-punk informed guitar employment and the massive, prominent rhythm section, the outfit’s output so far is actually not too far away from that of Jimi’s main band, and with Tara’s distant, heavily reverberated vocals, White Hex wouldn’t stick out on any 80s “alternative” compilation. Then again, on “Holiday,” the two have gathered all the ingredients necessary to brew quite a compelling goth pop song, four minutes of unabashed derivation (Jimi likes to reference Whitehouse‘s Erector) that stick surprisingly well.
There are plans for a proper LP named Heat before mid-2012, though nothing has been confirmed so far. Until then, the duo will continue to perform live, starting in Berlin, followed by (for now) Paris, Warsaw, and New York
Written by Henning Lahmann